Wahey, it’s summertime. That means all the good things like holidays, festivals, ice cold drinks and copious amounts of sun cream are here. But one thing that might curdle your cream is high water bills from your business using more water over the hot months.
As the heat goes up so does water demand – but not to worry! It’s surprisingly easy for your business to become more water efficient; summer’s a great time to start saving water and saving money.
To keep your business enjoying the sun without the burn of high bills, here are our summer do’s and don’ts for saving water.
Sharing your goals, and the steps you’re taking to get there, with your employees will get the best out of new initiatives. So, explaining to your team the simple ways they could help reduce water use – like not leaving the tap running and reporting any drips/leaks – is a great start to saving water.
Top tip: to get off to a flying start, why not set a reward for hitting a water-saving target?
Speaking of leaving taps on, even drips can be costly. A slow dripping tap can waste thousands of litres of water a year, so it’s worth getting a policy to report and fix any you see. Often, it’s just a simple matter of fitting a new washer.
You can make your existing taps more water efficient by fitting simple tap adaptors, which can cut down the amount of water that flows out by 50%! Or, if it’s time for a bigger change, consider investing in sensor taps that only turn on when they’re actually being used.
Top tip: have a look at our approved partner shop for tap accessories.
Office plants or a grass area make a lovely addition to your work environment, but watering them from the tap isn’t so lovely for your bill. Grass can survive without sprinklers; shutting these off during a heatwave can really help demand.
If you must water, plants naturally love rainwater and so should you! Fitting a water butt and using rainwater for plant watering, or even cleaning purposes, is an innovative way to save.
Top tip: it’s best to water your plants or grass in the early morning or the evening. This should mean you can do it less, because the soil will have a chance to absorb the moisture before the heat can evaporate it.
Hand washing dishes with the tap running is a sneaky water-waster. If you must use the sink for washing up, encourage use of a washing up bowl to reduce the water wastage from leaving the tap on. However, in most cases, it’s actually more efficient to use a dishwasher for the office washing up.
You can make your dishwasher as water-saving as possible by: setting it to the eco-setting (if it has one), always waiting until it’s full before running it, and letting the dishes air-dry.
Top tip: if you’re thinking of investing in a dishwasher, make sure you buy a water efficient one that will use less energy and water!
Warm weather will likely mean more use for your workplace showers, so it’s a great saving idea to cut down this water use at the source. Switching your current shower heads to water efficient shower heads can reduce the flow rate of water down from 15-25 litres of water a minute to just 8 litres of water a minute.
Top tip: you can find water saving shower heads in our approved partner shop.
As cold water becomes more in demand, you might find your employees running the tap for longer to make sure the water’s cold – that’s a waste! To prevent this from happening, a simple solution is to fill water jugs and pop them in the fridge so everyone has easy access to cool refreshment. However, for bigger offices water coolers are a better solution.
Top tip: mains-fed water coolers are the most efficient type, as they’ll ensure water is cold and they don’t need plastic manual replacements.
Did you find this blog useful? If you want to learn more about saving water, you could check out our water saving tips for small businesses blog, or why not go and have a look at our water efficiency services.